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The Mystery of the Lost Map book Review by Adrienne Falkena

The Adventures of Cowboy Little and Cowboy Small
Jim Rhoden

The Mystery of the Lost Map book is a 92-page paperback written by Jim Rhoden and published by Lanier Press. Part of The Adventures of Cowboy Little and Cowboy Small, the book is available on Amazon for $12.99. It is recommended for ages 4-10, but also for “3-100 if adventurously inclined!”.

The adventures of brothers Cowboy Little and Cowboy Small, fleas Itch and Scratch, dogs Red and Fred, Ned and Ted, and Brawny Bull and Helen Heifer had my kids enthralled from beginning to end. The brothers have grand adventures when they discover a saddlebag of gold coins and a mysterious map that has them running from villains, making decisions on how to outsmart their enemies, and seeking the help of their family.

Written to encourage the reader to be “independent, adventuresome, brave, and resourceful” recognizing the difference between good and bad, and seeing the need to have heroes to look up to, I found The Mystery of the Lost Map Book to do all of the above. All my elementary children, ages 7-12, read and raved about the book.I heard more than one retelling from my children who, upon finding out there is another book in the series, The Dancing Otters of Fiddlin’ Creek and Other Stories, asked if we could buy it. They really loved The Mystery of the Lost Map Book

The book stays true to the setting’s time period with one-room schoolhouses and the freedoms of yesteryear with words that are notmodern-day language, like vittles, guffawed, and slicker. The back of the book has a glossary with these terms described in plain terms. 

We highly recommend The Mystery of the Lost Map. It provided a fun, quick story to enjoy and learn from. It works great for the elementary student who can read decently well or makes a great read-aloud for the whole family.

-Product review by Adrienne Falkena, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June 2019